As this 2012-2013 school year has come upon us, I started to reflect on a number of major tutoring successes I had the pleasure of experiencing over the 2011-2012 school year.
In one such instance dating back to August, 2011, I began a long-term partnership with a high school senior who was taking AP Chemistry and desired the best possible course academic outcome. This student and I initially setup a regular once-a-week Saturday session schedule. Due to the developing rigors of the course, on par with what I have taught at the college-level, the frequency of meetings was subsequently expanded to include Monday evenings, as well.
At each session both the tutor and student were prepared with appropriate resources, and the client always had a very clear sense of what was to be accomplished at each meeting. Communication was superb at all times. The student's grades continued to steadily increase such that by mid-spring 2012 the average had risen to a 100 (tops in the class at this point, even having surpassed that of the class Valedictorian) and never fell again. Meanwhile, the student's confidence and critical-thinking skills had soared, so that the AP Chemistry exam given in May was handled with relative ease.
The best part of this whole experience was the joy in knowing that I had made yet another solid impact on a student who ended up being accepted at a major Texas private college to focus on premed.